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For Release:May 21, 2013 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601

Restaurants Seek Direction for Operations After the Storms

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Consumer Protection Division is receiving numerous calls from restaurant owners for information on whether or not it is safe to open due to low water pressure in the Oklahoma City metro area.

According to state public health officials, restaurants may open if there is enough hot running water pressure to wash hands and dishes.However the restaurant will need to limit the food items that are served. Do not serve food items that are grease laden products because the water pressure is not great enough to clean greasy dishes.

The facility will need to cease operations immediately if the water pressure continues to drop any further, or if there is no electricity.

If restaurant owners have additional questions, they should contact the OSDH Consumer Protection Division at (405) 271-5243 or the Oklahoma City-County Health Department at (405) 425-4347.

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